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Sharing your videos on the net

Several sites on the web have video sharing functionalities. YouTube is a phenomenal website to share and enjoy videos on the internet. Fans can view videos for free and anyone can access them; however, to publish your videos on the internet you need to sign up and create an account. Videos are posted directly through your web browser via a plug-in Flash Player (the file format used is Flash Video or FLV). You can create your favorites and playlists to save them for viewing later. Google video is very well organized and simple to use; one may select the options from six headings. Other popular sites include Dailymotion, vsocial, ourmedia and eyespot.

Widespread internet broadband and the improvement of audio / video enabled the development of multiple video sharing sites on the web. Google, which does not do things halfway, has two such sites available.
Faced with the global success of YouTube, Google did not hesitate to invest millions of dollars into this platform created by two American students. When you start to browse the site's catalog, you realize you cannot win, there are so many videos in there! YouTube is a veritable gold mine for fans of videos that can view millions of extracts, all categorised. Posting videos is done directly into a web browser via a plug-in Flash Player (the file format used is Flash Video or FLV).

It is not necessary to create a user account to view the video online. However, if you want to publish your own videos, you will inevitably pass through this formality. To access the site, http://www.youtube.com type it in the address bar of the web browser.

To create your account, there are two options:
  • If you already have a Google Account, click "Log in with your Google Account" under the "Login".
  • Otherwise, you can still register by clicking the link "Register".

Creating an account will not only publish videos on the platform, but also allow you to customize your library where you will be able to store your favorite clips.

The videos are sorted by categories. Click on "Videos" to access the library. The entries are visible on the left hand side of the window. Select the theme you want and browse the library. If a clip has particularly excited, shocked or disappointed you, you can add a comment beneath it and rate it.

With YouTube, you can create a selection of videos that you can go back to at any time. Under the window of the sequence is the "Playlists". Click it and then in the dropdown "Select Playlist", add the desired video to the playlist of your choice. If no playlist exists, create one by clicking on "[New Playlist].

If you have a website or blog, you can insert a video from YouTube on your pages. On the page with the video while viewing, you see the "Code". This contains the HTML code to paste into your site. By default, the window has a size of 425 points wide by 350 high. You can modify the code to suit your needs. In addition, by clicking on "Custom", you can change the colors of the reader that will appear on your web pages.
In July 2006 the Google Video service was officially opened in France. Since then, its success has never flagged, despite the legal problems which the service. In particular, the site faced accusations of infringement and non-compliance with the rules of copyright. Google officials have had to make amends and reconsider their copies to protect the victims of abuse to which the site was involuntarily giving a platform for.

To see Google Video, http://video.google.com/ type in the address bar of your browser.

The interface is very stripped down, like all Google services. By default, the homepage offers you six headings:
  • Most Viewed
  • Humor
  • Music
  • Trailers
  • Sport
  • Education

Dailymotion allows you to upload, view, and share video-clips. This site was launched in 2005, in France and has since expanded to several international markets, including Argentina, India, the UK, and the US. It has launched various features, including HD quality clips, customizable video players, family filters, and the ability to search for content using tags, channels and groups. http://www.dailymotion.com/

Just like YouTube, Dailymotion offers a combination of user-created, advertising, and professional content. Favorite clips may be shared through social networking sites such as Facebook or via widgets such as Videowall and VideoZap, and these can be posted to a blog or personal website.
In each of them you see a selection of videos that have been viewed the most often and obtained the highest marks from users. The sequences are presented in the form of a sticker which includes its title, duration and the scores.

When you click on a thumbnail, the page loads up. The upper part of the window contains a selection of similar videos. These suggestions aim to keep you interested. The sequence appears in the centre of the web page. A "Download" button is visible in the right pane of the interface. You can download the video in a format, select it from the drop down list. Typically, only the format iPod / PSP is proposed.

If you find a video particularly appealing, do not hesitate to share it with your friends. Just send them an email inviting them to come and watch it. To do this, click the "Email - Embed HTML". A form appears, fill in the fields by specifying your email address and the recipient. Possibly add a little message. Validate by clicking on "Send Link".

By clicking on the link "Details", you access other information. You can find other videos uploaded by the user who published the sequence you are viewing. To get views of people who also saw the movie, click "Comments".

Posting comments can be made according to a ranking by date or by the number of stars obtained.

To leave a message, click "Write a comment. A form appears. Start by assigning stars to the sequence, enter your ID, then enter your opinion. Finish by clicking on "Post".

You can search for videos by entering one or more keywords in the box at the top of the page. The sequences found may come from sites other than Google Video (YouTube, Dailymotion, etc.)...If the results lack relevance, click the "Advanced Video Search".

This form allows you to limit the request to videos (Languages), or sequences not exceeding a certain duration. You can also specify one or more genres (news, TV shows, short films, etc..) by selecting the radio button "Gender Specific".

Finally, you can navigate to Google Video by helping you rankings which appear on the homepage. "Movers & Shakers" list of the ten largest increases in terms of audience. There are also "Top 10", which offers direct access to ten sequences with the most views at that time. All these selections are updated daily.

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